The Power Station; New York City, NY
silver (liberated bootleg Vampires of Human Flesh: Midnight Beat MBCD021 1994) > EAC > FLAC (5) > fre:ac > MP3 VBR 256-320
According to co-producer Tony Visconti, Bowie's method on Scary Monsters was somewhat less experimental and more concerned with achieving a commercially-viable sound than had been the case with his recent releases; to that end the composer spent more time on his own developing lyrics and melodies before recording, rather than improvising music in the studio and making up words at the last minute. Aside from one cover, Tom Verlaine's "Kingdom Come", all tracks would be credited to Bowie alone, unlike the 'Berlin Trilogy' where he had increasingly relied on input from his collaborators. Among those collaborators, Brian Eno was no longer present on Scary Monsters but, following his absence from Lodger, Robert Fripp returned with the distinctive guitar sound he had earlier lent to "Heroes". Bruce Springsteen's pianist Roy Bittan was back for his first Bowie album since Station to Station (1976), while The Who's Pete Townshend guested on the bittersweet love song "Because You’re Young".